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  New Fulton Elementary SchoolNew Fulton Elementary School


DLA Architects, Ltd. (Dahlquist and Lutzow Architects, Ltd.)
Two Pierce Place, Suite 1300, Itasca, IL 60143

General Description

Location: Tinley Park, Illinois (Chicago area)
LEED® for Schools 2007 Silver
Date Bid: Apr 2008 Construction Period: June 2008 to May 2009
Total Square Feet: 62,070 Site 11.17 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 27 classrooms seating 26 per classroom; gymnasium capacity, 984. Building Size: First floor, 45,300; second floor, 16,770; total, 62,070 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 13’4”; second floor, 14’8”; floor to floor, 13’4”; total, 28’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type IIB Masonry Load Bearing.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, CMU. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

General Contractor: Henry Brothers Company - 9821 S. 78th Avenue, Hickory Hills, IL 60457
Structural Engineer: Pease-Borst & Associates, LLC - 18 Executive Court, South Barrington, IL 60010
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Mechanical Services Associates - 780 McArdle Drive, #A, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Civil Engineer: W-T Civil Engineering, LLC - 2675 Pratum Avenue, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

The 550 student PreK-5 Fulton Elementary School consolidates two existing Grade Centers into one new and comprehensive school with a program similar to other District 146 schools. The two story school is certified LEED® Silver and is designed to maximize open space for the school/community while still providing an efficient and state-of-the art facility for the District’s needs. The site was developed to encourage the use of alternative transportation, control storm water runoff, and minimize the heat island effect and light pollution. Potable water use is regulated through the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual flush toilets. Energy usage is minimized through the use of energy efficient HVAC systems and a tight building envelope along with energy management and enhanced commissioning.

An active, engaged community produces motivated, inspired learners. Fulton is the anchor to a community-focused campus, shared with the local Athletic Commission and softball team. Students not only have access to a variety of athletic and open spaces, but they will have a sense of pride and involvement in knowing the significant role that their new school plays for the community.

The exterior of the structure, a load-bearing masonry wall system comprised of brick, cast stone and aluminum composite panels, reflects a Prairie Style influence in its massing and proportions, respecting the architectural context of the surrounding site, including the Historic District of Tinley Park. The materials and the architectural detailing relate to the adjacent Administration Center, creating a campus atmosphere.

The building plan features a Media Center that serves as the hub for the new school. It’s story and a half volume brings down the building’s scale at street level and helps to define a front courtyard between the Administration Center and the new school. The Client indicated that the Media Center was to be a hub for the school and to serve as the school’s “Family Room." The result is a comfortable and open space. Multiple classrooms can use the space at once.

This central space is flanked by an early learning center, general administration and support spaces, classrooms providing storage and support of technology-based learning with integrated wireless systems, assembly spaces including a multi-purpose room and gymnasium designed to accommodate two physical education classes simultaneously and additional building support spaces. The Gymnasium and Multi-Purpose Room at the extremity of the second wing are easily accessible to the community and to the playground/staging area and may be secured from the Academic Wing for after school or community use.

A challenge in this project was the Client’s preference for minimal exterior window glazing due to security concerns. This was solved by integrating narrow expanses of vertical glazing into the design. The result is that the windows actually define exterior rhythms and are a key component of the Prairie Style appearance. Additionally, the sill height of the windows varies based upon the ages of the children that would be occupying the spaces.

LEED® Points Achieved 37 Total
Sustainable Sites 10
Water Efficiency 1
Energy & Atmosphere 5
Materials & Resources 7
Indoor Environmental Quality 12
Innovation Design Process 2

Product Information
Roof: The Garland Company Flooring: Armstrong
Operable Partitions: Hufcor Lighting: Cooper Window: Peerless
Entrances & Storefronts: Cross Aluminum
Elevators: Thyssen-Krupp

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